Friday, 31 January 2014

"Finding my Calling" - Fadekemi Akinfaderin-Agarau at TEDxEuston 2013

She found her calling 13 years ago. She has a BA from Wesleyan University, Connecticut, for a double-major in Chemistry and Molecular Biology/Biochemistry. She also holds a Masters in Public Health from the Population and Family Health Department at the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, New York. She quit medical school and co-founded Education as a Vaccine (EVA) of which she is the current Executive Director. She has also  served in numerous advisory roles and has contributed to the development of adolescent sexual and reproductive health and HIV/AIDS policies in Nigeria. In her TEDxEuston 2013 talk, Fadekemi Akinfaderin-Agarau speaks on the dangers of silence (particularly when it comes to HIV in Africa). She challenges the social and cultural structures that fuel the HIV epidemic in Nigeria, a country with the 2nd largest number of people living with HIV in the world. In Nigeria, people living with HIV are still discriminated against, most tragically, often by the same institutions that should be protecting them. Kemi summarises her ambitions with these simple words;

"I want to change people's lives now!" 

Watch the talk HERE, and make your decision. Look away, or share it with every one you know. 

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